Rekha Kadiresh, former Bruhat Bengaluru Mahanagara Palike (BBMP), was hacked to death near her house in Bengaluru on Thursday morning around 10:30 am. As per reports, Kadiresh was overseeing food distribution and relief work when bike-borne men attacked her with machetes.
Her death comes three years after the demise of her husband, who was also stabbed to death in 2018.
After she was stabbed in broad daylight in Anjanappa Garden, Cottonpete, an injured Kadiresh was reportedly rushed to Kempe Gowda Institute of Medical Sciences but could not be saved.
The three accused are Kadiresh's neighbours, as per The Week. Police said personal rivalry was the reason for her murder. Reports suggest two accused Peter and Stephen were released on bail from prison only two months ago.
Who Was Rekha Kadiresh?
Rekha Kadiresh, a two-time councillor of Bruhat Bengaluru Mahanagara Palike (BBMP), was in charge of the Chalavadipalya ward. She was 45.
Assailants who stabbed her in front of her BJP office managed to flee from the site. Kadiresh's neighbours and colleagues heard the commotion and rushed out to find her bloody.
"It was a planned murder. The assailants had turned away the CCTV cameras installed outside the office. We suspect that the assailants were known to her and were aware of her routine," senior police officers told The Hindu. There were seven cameras around the area, as per reports.
A special unit is probing Kadiresh's murder and a manhunt has been launched in the city to nab the men involved in her murder.
In February 2018 near Cottonpete, her husband Kadiresh S was stabbed to death by some youths said to have personal rivalry. Kadiresh S had a history of criminal activity. Two accused had reportedly surrendered before a city court in Bengaluru.
Karnataka Chief Minister BS Yediyurappa, condoling Kadiresh's murder in the local media, assured of action in the case within 24 hours.